As the only Huntington Town Board candidate endorsed by the Working Families Party (WFP) in the November 6th election, Councilwoman Joan Cergol is appealing to Huntington Working Families voters for their support in the WFP Primary on Thursday, September 13th.
The Republican candidate in this race, whose political ideologies could not be any further from the values of our hardworking Huntington Working Families voters, is mounting a write-in campaign to underhandedly steal the ballot line from Joan.
Joan rightfully earned the endorsement from the Working Families Party!
Throughout Joan's 16-year career in public service, she has worked to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of our working families in Huntington by:
Expanding affordable housing and home ownership. Under Joan's leadership, the Town created 550 new units of affordable housing. She helped provide low-interest financing to homeowners for needed home improvements and emergency home repairs.
Providing job training for local residents. Joan partnered St. Joseph's College to provide free resident job training programs for unemployed and underemployed residents and also with the Long Island Federation of Labor to prepare and place residents in pre-apprenticeship training programs. Joan received the endorsement of the Long Island Federation of Labor in this race, as well as the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Revitalizing downtown areas and supporting local businesses. Joan managed many of the Town’s capital improvement projects, including the revitalization of Huntington Station, and secured over $20 million in grants for the Town. When the Town negotiated a Master Development Agreement with Renaissance Downtowns, Joan made sure that the agreement included a commitment to use union labor.
As a Councilwoman, Joan has continued to advocate for working families in our community. You may have seen her out and about—visiting our seniors, veterans and youth in Huntington, partnering with local non-profits on food drives, helping establish children’s educational programs in community gardens and holding cleanups at area beaches.
On the legislative front, Joan advocates for smart development that meets the social, environmental and economic needs in our Town. She's fighting for environmental measures to protect our open spaces, drinking water and our waterfront. She's sponsored legislation to help ensure housing safety by holding landlords accountable for code violations, and introduced the resolution to live-stream Town meetings in an effort to make Town Hall more accessible and accountable.
Joan has worked on behalf of senior citizens in our community, as well as our youth. For our seniors, Joan secured funding for adult day care and nutrition services and worked to provide the Residential Repair Program to elderly homeowners. She sponsored legislation to provide at-risk youth with intensive case management services to prevent their becoming involved in gangs and gang violence.
Working Families Party voter support in the WFP Primary on Thursday, September 13th will be critical in ensuring that Huntington keeps a progressive champion on the Huntington Town Board who will fight for them.
"Do not be fooled by political gamesmanship. Our Working Families voters deserve better. I will be honored to continue my good work as recognized by the Working Families Party and look forward to the support of Huntington Working Families Party voters on September 13th." Councilwoman Cergol stated.